Matthew is the heritage advisor for IFC Group based in the UK, leading the company’s heritage projects portfolio. Matthew trained in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath, having pursued an early career in both artefactual and structural conservation. After being appointed as Historic Building’s Manager for a local authority in Oxfordshire, he developed a curatorial interest in historic buildings and how their purpose, operation, maintenance and conservation are best managed.
Since joining IFC Matthew has targeted new ways of approaching the convergence of fire engineering and conservation principles, treating projects with an ‘enabling’ outlook, and has assisted in developing creative conservation-led solutions on a number of key projects.
As Deputy Executive Director, for the Prince’s Foundation Simon oversees a portfolio of education programmes and academic partnerships which equip professionals, graduates, students and the public with the skills they need to design, build and preserve sustainable communities. Courses range from postgraduate courses in topics such as sustainable urbanism and sustainable engineering through to apprenticeship and training programmes in traditional building crafts, and a range of executive education in the form of short courses, seminars and events.
Simon has a background in educational programme management both in the UK and internationally, particularly within the sectors of urban planning and community development. He holds an MSc in Population and Development from the London School of Economics, an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is currently undertaking a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow. In addition to his role with the Prince’s Foundation, Simon currently serves as the Trustee of a small educational charity in Sierra Leone, is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Craft and serves of the Governing Board of the Centre for Global Health and Urbanisation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.